WELShift In the News - Article Detail

 

Wesley Enhanced Living Commends Senators Grassley and Casey on Proposal 1/10/2014 Long-Term Care Models such as WELShift would be supported under Proposal to Allow Residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities to Receive Medicare Services in Integrated Arrangement . . .

 

Hatboro, PA - Wesley Enhanced Living CEO Jeff Petty today praised US Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) on their proposal to make it easier for the residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities to receive Medicare services through care coordination and disease management services provided onsite. Grassley and Casey filed the Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Medicare Demonstration Project amendment to the physician payment bill, under consideration in the Finance Committee, to require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to eliminate the barriers in allowing Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) to receive Medicare services provided under a risk-adjusted, capitated payment arrangement.  

 

“A Continuing Care Retirement Community providing primary care services through a wrap around Medicare Advantage plan will provide better care and better choices for our seniors - and save money!” says Jeff Petty, CEO of Wesley Enhanced Living. “Under the Grassley-Casey proposal, WELShift communities would be able to offer onsite care coordination and disease management services to its residents. These services would help avoid hospitalizations and lower the total cost of care for seniors as they age in place.”

 

In a joint release, Senator Casey stated, “I believe Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) in Pennsylvania and around the country are up to this challenge.” Grassley and Casey said these arrangements could improve the efficiency and quality of senior care and align incentives to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.

 

Senators Grassley and Casey join US Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick in helping to sustain the promise of Medicare and Medicaid with a common-sense approach of building on successful and effective reforms. Recently, local US Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick introduced HR 2376, the Medicare Residential Care Coordination Act of 2013 which will provide both better care and better choices, as well as a substantial savings to the government, to help maintain the solvency of the Medicare and Medicaid programs for future generations. The bill will enable models like WELShift to be demonstrated.

 

With their legislation, Senators Grassley and Casey, and Congressman Fitzpatrick, endorse a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine which demonstrated that a congregate senior living environment such as a CCRC is actually the ideal setting to integrate cost containment strategies to lower cost and improve outcomes for Medicare seniors because of the near-constant interaction between staff and residents.

 

“By adopting new and innovative healthcare and housing service delivery models, such as WELShift, Senators Grassley and Casey join Congressman Fitzpatrick and Wesley Enhanced Living in proactively responding to senior housing and care needs while demonstrating improved fiscal responsibility with taxpayer resources.”

 

 

About Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL)

Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL), a non-profit, faith-based organization, owns and manages multiple continuing care retirement communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania. WEL’s mission is to deliver a purpose-filled life to its approximately 1,200 residents by providing various combinations of independent living, personal care services, dementia care, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services. WEL also manages subsidized senior housing facilities in Philadelphia.

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